The Survivors’ Seat: How YOU Can Help Provide a Voice to Those Silenced by Sexual Violence

*TW sexual assault and abuse*

I know that many of you are passionate about the issues of sexual assault and sexual abuse. So is the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. Each year, they provide prevention services, hundreds of sexual assault forensic examinations and specialized trauma counseling to thousands of survivors.

As you may know, I am a proud and active member of the Board of Directors for the Crisis Center because their mission is reflective of my own. One month from now, we are holding the Cup of Compassion Breakfast to educate the community about the incredible work that is done every single day at the Crisis Center.

There are lots of ways to get involved with The Crisis Center, but today I am asking your help to serve as a supporter of those who have been the silent victims of sexual trauma. I’d like to give these women, men and children a chance to be heard through your generosity.

Every 107 seconds, someone in the US is sexually assaulted. Due to the shame, stigma, embarrassment and blame that surround victims of sexual violence, many never come forward to report the crimes committed against them. According to the US Justice Department, approximately 70% of sexual assaults in the last five years went unreported. SEVENTY PERCENT.

At my table at the Cup of Compassion event, there will be one empty chair. I am reserving that chair as the “Survivors’ Seat” to represent, give a voice to, and honor the millions of nameless, faceless victims that have been forced to remain silent in the wake of violence that has been perpetrated against them.

Please click the link below to provide a tribute gift to the Survivors’ Seat. Truly, any amount will help. If we share this far and wide, a $1 or $5 gift can multiply exponentially. Through your efforts, The Crisis Center can continue to be the first stop for help, hope and healing for those affected by sexual violence.

Thank you for your support!

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